The perfect club man
flat out with the flight of the ball. Into the headlong path of an
opposition defender. In front of a packed Football Park members’ stand.
In a grand final. Could there be a tougher test in football?
That’s how Keith Thomas took a famous mark - overhead, would you believe
it? - and from the moment he did, the faithful knew Norwood would win
the 1984 premiership, the famous Historymakers flag. The inspirational
courage it took Keith to complete the mark is now ingrained in club
lore, for while he might well have been physically and mentally the
fittest player ever at Norwood, he was nowhere near the biggest or
Preparation was the key for Keith - he trained harder than anyone else,
looked after himself better, was more demanding of his own skills. His
highest possible standards were the reason Keith managed more than 300
games for Norwood, plus a stint with Fitzroy.
With Michael Aish he formed an on-ball combination the equal of any in
the game. Playing alongside Aish and Michael Taylor, Keith was club
champion only once. But his team worth transcended even that honour.
Those personal highest possible standards made Keith the perfect club